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    World Geography: Kenya Unit Study

    Jambo everyone, and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week in Kenya! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of … [Read More...]

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    iBlog & iBlog Pro Bundle Sale!

    Hi everyone, are you thinking about starting a blog? Do you wonder how to make some extra income for your family at the same time? Well, we have iBlog and iBlog Pro bundled for you at a discount yipee! But you’ll have to hurry the sale ends April 20th at midnight!   Disclosure: I am a … [Read More...]

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    Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

    Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

    Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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    The Time Machine Literature Unit

    Hi everyone! Today I have another fun literature classic for you, The Time Machine Unit Study! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Time Machine tells the story of an anxious scientist who discovers how to travel through time. He starts in London in 1895 and travels all the way to the year … [Read More...]

APR
02
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Argentina

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Buen Dia’ and welcome to our World Geography unit study! This week we’re learning all about Argentina! Did you know the Iguazu Falls are a series of falls on the Iguacu River that stretch a distance of over two miles. Their name comes from an Indian word meaning great water.  That’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Argentina on the map. Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Argentina and The Pampas on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Argentina Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Argentina and Uruguay Learned an Argentinian Song Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  Geography from A-Z: arsh, Meander Learned about and classified 6 animals of … [Read more...]

APR
01
2014

What’s in the Workbox? 5th Grade

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Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post, so I thought I might do another one for you today! I’m taking pictures of Strawberry Shortcakes boxes today for you. And I can’t believe it but she’s nearing the end of her 5th grade year! Ouch! (…Insert sad face here…)   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 5th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds her Apologia Who is God? student notebook, which we’re enjoying. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. This is just the student journal, then I keep the teacher’s guide in my shelves. We do this as a group with our 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade kids. 3) It also has her weekly … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Storage Solutions

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Student Organization. And today we’re going to talk about homeschool storage solutions and a few extra things too!     Student Work Long Term Storage. The records you are required to keep will be determined by your state requirements. Most states do not make you keep everything for each year. However, many will request an attendance sheet showing hours and days completed for each student. Some states will also require a list of curriculum used each year as well. Find out what your state laws are before you delve into the practice of storing all of your student’s work. You’ll find that it adds up quickly and many of us don’t have the storage space required to keep all of everything over the years. For the time being, I have chosen to keep our work for my own fond memories. I also have a hard time throwing out a full year’s worth of sweat and tears! So for … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2014

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! Today I’m releasing my new Tom Sawyer Unit Study and Lapbook.This is a great book for young boys as it includes a lot of adventure and mischief! Hope you enjoy! Story Summary: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a fun adventure for any young man! The story follows the mischievous but good natured Tom Sawyer as he lives his life to the fullest. He hunts for buried treasure, explores dark and mysterious caves, and makes friends everywhere he goes. Your kiddos will enjoy reading this novel as Tom turns even the mildest event into an unforgettable adventure! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Tom Sawyer version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2014

April 2014 Monthly Menu Plan

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying 2014! We’ve only got a few months left of school, then we’re out for summer! Yay! .   So today I have another monthly meal plan for you. I hope these are helping you to keep your days a little more organized and stress free! I don’t change my meals up too much, but the plan helps me stay on budget when grocery shopping. It also helps me avoid ordering out for dinner, or heading out for lunches. I normally shop once a week either on the weekends on on Mondays. That way we have all of our needed ingredients for the week’s menu plan. I also do my best to stay to my shopping list so I don’t go over budget or come home with a lot of extras I didn’t intend on buying. Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 April Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 April monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our yummy smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

MAR
27
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Peru

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Hola! We’re back today with another Expedition Earth World Geography unit study for you! This week we’re focusing on Peru. Did you know that Peru’s Macchu Pichu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, along with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal? That was just one of the cool things we learned about this week. Read on to see what else we did… So of course we started off our week by finding Peru on the map, then stamping our passports!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Peru and The Andes Mountain Range on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Peruvian Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Peru Learned a Peruvian Song Completed our mini lap book activity Learn about the 3rd Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu Learned about and classified 6 animals of Peru Learned more about … [Read more...]

MAR
25
2014

Teeny Tot Preschool and Kindergarten update

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So I know it’s been awhile since I’ve done an updated post on what the Teeny Tot has been up to. So I thought I’d put one up for you all today. She’s going through my Letter of the Week program, but she’s really ready for more now and so I’m throwing in more of my K4 Kindergarten activities to challenge her a bit more. She still likes the fun Letter of the Week preschool games so I still let her do those for fun as well. Anyhoo, here are some of the things she’s been working on these days… I usually still pull out similar Letter of the Week letter activities for her, so this week she’s going back through the letter D. The D is for Dinosaur letter hunt is from my Kindergarten Curriculum. She has to locate and mark all of the upper and lowercase letter “Ds”. She normally uses a highlighter, or a do-a-dot marker. But you can also have them put stickers on the letters, circle them, or whatever works best for you. You can also click here to download the Kindergarten Letter Hunt … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2014

Homeschooling 101: Student Organization

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  Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Teacher Organization, so today we’re going to talk student organization!   Organize Student Daily Workload Most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file folders, accordion files, or whatever else fits your needs. See a workbox video tutorial here. Here is a close up of my Vika Alex Drawer Units $79.00. There are only 5 drawers in these, so right now we’re putting two subjects in a couple of the bottom drawers. Using this organizational system, you will keep everything needed for one subject into each drawer, file folder, or whatever organizer you choose. That way … [Read more...]

MAR
23
2014

Anne of Green Gables Unit Study & Lapbook

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Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit to add to our collection! Today I’m sharing my new Anne of Green Gables Unit Study and Lapbook. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Anne is a sweet, imaginative, and charismatic young orphan girl who is unexpectedly adopted by a family in Green Gables. The story follows Anne as she experiences the pains and joys of becoming part of a family. And her life growing up in the remote Canadian village of Avonlea. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Green Gables version as retold from the Lucy Maud Montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose. Watch my Anne of Green … [Read more...]

MAR
20
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Panama

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Hola and welcome back to another world geography trip down memory lane! This week we’re reviewing the beautiful country of Panama! As usual, we started off by locating Panama on our World Map.   Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Learned to say “Hello” in Spanish: Hola (hello) , “Thank You” : gracias Locate Panama and capital Panama City on the wall map Prayed for the people of Panama Geography from A-Z pg 22 Gulf, Pg 25 Isthmus Learned about the Panama Canal, did you know the average toll for a ship to pass through the Panama Canal is $56,000! Made a Panama mini-lapbook component Made tropical fruit snacks: Mango, papaya, coconut, bananas Completed mapping and flag worksheets Learned about and classified 6 animals of Panama Animals from Panama mini-book Did a pottery painting activity Were supposed to make empanadas, but didn’t quite get to it ;o) Stamped our … [Read more...]